I was shocked to see this investigative report by ABC News last night on the use of aversive behavior techniques. I would have thought that these archaic techniques were a thing of the past in our country.The Arc of Illinois has been in the forefront of protecting students and adults in community settings, prohibiting the use of aversive techniques for many years. We amended the school code when we became aware of students being forced into lockboxes and other barbaric practices. We introduced our Prohibition of Aversive Techniques in community settings when we were made aware that it was legal in Illinois to use electronic shock therapy. Because of this ABC investigation, I have asked Phil Milsk, our Governmental Affairs Consultant, to review the school code and our community services legislation to see if they need to be updated. Phil is the author of this important legislation in Illinois.

Thanks for all of the tweets and emails you sent me about this story last night.

Death at School: Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline for Autistic, Disabled Kids
Here is a link to the investigative report: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/death-school-parents-protest-dangerous-discipline-autistic-disabled/story?id=17702216

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
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